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Re: Some editorial and clarification comments on 23 March Draft

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 13:50:21 -0600
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To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Response in JRG:

> > 2. It seems the current priority 3 checkpoint 2.8 can be satisfied by the
> > Priority 2 checkpoint 2.7, since 2.8 points back to the features of 2.7 as
> > a solution.  I don't think this was the indention of 2.8.
>Checkpoint 2.7 says "generate repair text"
>Checkpoint 2.8 says "don't generate the repair text of 2.7 unless
>                      I tell you"
>I don't know why this is specific to images. Suppose the user
>provides an auditory track and no synchronized text equivalent,
>but the user agent can determine that some other html page
>is a transcript of the track. Then it might give the user access
>to that transcript (this is a little bit of a stretch, but not much).
>I don't think that 2.8 should be limited to images. I do think
>that we should fix the wording of 2.8 to avoid "author intentionally".
>So we should change
>    "when the author has intentionally provided empty conditional
>    "when the user agent recognizes that the author has
>    failed to provide conditional content that was
>    frequired by the ormat specification."
>(In other words, reuse the language of 2.7).
JRG: The original purpose of this checkpoint was to support WCAG 1.0 
requirement that when the ALT attribute is set explicitly to null (i.e. 
ALT=""), that nothing be rendered.  This is to try to minimize the number 
of empty image placeholders on a page.  I am concerned about having an open 
ended requirement to a checkpoint that was originally pretty narrow in 
scope and would be moved further away from the original intent with your 
proposed change.

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
College of Applied Life Studies
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